Caverns isn’t a bad theme to have, though I hadn’t thought much about what to do if it was selected.
One of the first things that comes to my mind is the old Apogee game series Kroz, of which one game was titled Caverns of Kroz. It’s sort of rogue-like, but more action oriented. Probably best described as a single-player Gauntlet-like game.
Here’s a screenshot of a level in a Kroz game:
The ohm signs are the monsters in this particular level and they will do their best to march toward the character, represented by the red and yellow smiley. Monsters disappear when they collide with the player, but they also take gems, which are the measure of health the player has. The only way to destroy monsters is to get them to run into destructable walls, or use a precious whip.
I decided that for my LD entry I would try to remake a basic version of this game, only using better graphics. We’ll see how much I can get done. At the very least, I hope to have a movable hero, monsters with rudimentary AI and a couple types of terrain.
I spent some time early into the compo sketching some creatures with inspiration from the original Kroz games. So far in the code I’ve been working on my tile map data structures. It’s kind of a pain in the ass, but it should make things easier tomorrow.
I will likely be going to bed soon, even without a game screen shot to post, but sleep will do me good.